How to support Ukraine

UNISON is working with the international trade union movement to mobilise support for those affected by the war in Ukraine – and branches and members can help too No one can fail to be moved by the scenes of terrified civilians taking shelter underground or of the hundreds of thousands of women and children desperately […]

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DHSC responds to NHS Pension Scheme member contribution consultation

The Department of Health and Social Care has responded to the consultation on proposed changes to the member contribution structure for the England and Wales NHS Pension Scheme. So what are the changes? The main changes to the member contribution structure are outlined below: Members’ contribution rates will change to be based on actual pensionable […]

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VCOD next steps FAQs and Consultation

Given the changes in clinical evidence the government is revisiting the balance of risks and benefits that guided its original decisions to make coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination a condition of deployment. When vaccination as a condition of deployment was first introduced, Delta was the dominant variant. Omicron has now replaced Delta as the dominant variant, representing […]

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Coronavirus: your rights at work

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve been fighting to protect UNISON members who are at the forefront of the COVID-19 response. We are working proactively with the UK governments, employers, and other bodies to keep you safe at work. The UK government and other devolved parliaments have outlined plans for ongoing changes to restrictions. […]

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Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment (VCOD) in England

What is ‘Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment’? In late 2021, new regulations were agreed by parliament making it unlawful for an employer delivering CQC regulated activities, to deploy an unvaccinated worker in a face-to-face role from 1st April 2022. In the NHS, these new rules are commonly referred to as Vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD). […]

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Mandatory COVID vaccination of health and care workers (England)

What is happening? The government has finished a consultation about making COVID vaccines compulsory for health and care staff in England. They intend to bring in a new law to make COVID vaccination mandatory for anyone deployed to deliver Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated activities who has direct, face-to-face contact with service users. This includes health […]

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